Our February Shabbat potluck will be on 2/13 at 7pm hosted by Laura and Libbi. Please RSVP with Laura. More details on the Facebook event page here.
Save the date 3/13 for our March Shabbat which will be hosted by Rebecca and Oren. More details coming soon!
Hosted Shabbat Dinners in the 'Hood
In addition to our monthly community-wide potlucks, WJOA encourages anyone who wishes to, to host a smaller dinner in their home. Hosts decide whether to have a service, how many people they can accommodate, and whether or not it is potluck style. This is a great time to meet new and old friends in a more intimate setting. Please contact Ally if you are interested in hosting.
On 2/27, Zelig will welcome 9 guests in his home for a Shabbat dinner. A short service (with Chabad siddur) will by followed by a glatt kosher meat meal (with veggie options!). Please contact Zelig if you'd like to attend.
The WJOA Purim party will take place on Saturday, 2/28, at 8 pm. This year's hilarious, creative Purim shpiel will be "The Shushan Hillbillies," written by Daniel "Uncle Dan" Rauchwerk. If you're coming, please bring drinks or snacks. To RSVP and get the address, contact Mor Mezrich at Mormez@gmail.com. To sign up for the Purim shpiel (and/or to perform pretty much anything you'd like in the halftime show!), contact Michael "Uncle Mike" Croland at MCroland@gmail.com. No prior acting experience or memorization is needed -- it's just about having fun! Shpiel participants will just be asked to arrive promptly at 8 to do a run-through of the script then.
February Happy Hour
Our next happy hour will be Wednesday 2/18 at Oliver's. Please check the WJOA Facebook page for updates.
Our next trivia will be at Tuesday 2/24 8pm at Front Towards Enemy. Please check out our Facebook event page.
Vegetarian Cooking Class
Not sure what to make for the next potluck? Afraid to turn on your stove? Want to impress your friends and entertain? Want to learn how to prepare healthy tasty, Whole Foods quality dishes on a Trade Fair budget? Then this class is for you! We will focus on how to use your kitchen tools and gadgets more efficiently, and how to prepare quick, easy, and delicious meals with items that you probably already have in your cabinets. This will be a hands-on demonstration, so come hungry and bring your Tupperware! $10 contribution will cover cost of food. Save the date; Sunday March 1 at 5pm!
Schmooze News Items
On 2/20, the Davening Dreamers will be having a Shabbat dinner and service. There will be a parve / dairy meal fully provided, so there's no need to bring anything. If you would like to bring grape juice or challah, please contact the host beforehand. Trichitza service will begin at 5:18 which will conclude at 6:45 when the meal will begin. Please RSVP with Eli for the address.
On 2/20, Young Israel of Sunnyside will be hosting a Shabbat dinner. Connect to the Western Queens Young Professional Jewish community at a local Shabbat meal. There will be great food, drinks, great people, and singing. Spread the word and invite your friends! More info on the Facebook event page.
Congratulations to WJOA member Eli Steier, who recently published a collection of poems entitled There Was Once A Boy. The Kindle edition of this collection is available for purchase on www.amazon.com.
Torah Text Challenge 2; win a $50 Amazon gift card!
The challenge is on! To celebrate the light of Torah, our goal is to put 10 Torah texts in the hands of 10 different people who have not read them. Each person who signs up for the Torah Text Challenge 2 (TTC2) has to buy or loan someone else a Torah themed book related to Judaism. It could be about Jewish history, Tanackh, prayer, chassidus, Hebrew, Talmud, etc., on any level. After you do so, please write the title of the book you sent and whether you gave it to a friend, relative, co-worker. You don't have to write the name! If we have 10 books, by February 17th, there will be a celebration planned on the Shabbat following on the 10 for all of those who participated, including those who received the books even if they did not send one. Additionally, the person who sends the most Torah books will receive a $50 Amazon Gift Card. On your mark, get set, Torah! More details here.
As always, don't hesitate to send any stories/updates my way.